Labor Day Trail Race

Kick off the holiday festivities with the Labor Day Trail Race. Choose the between the 5k or 15k distances through our trail system along the Catawba River, then stick around and enjoy the live music, Cornhole Tournament, food, drink and fireworks at the USNWC’s Labor Day Celebration.

Event Details:

  • Date – Sunday, September 4, 2016
  • Distance – 5K and 15K
  • Time:
    • 9:00 a.m. (15K start)
    • 9:20 a.m. (5K start)
    • Course closes at 11:00 a.m.


  • Pre-Registration – Must register by August 31
    • $30 – 5k distance
    • $40– 15k distance
  • Race-Day Registration – if available
    • $37 – 5k distance
    • $47 – 15k distance
  • *Note: Recover brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by August 28


Friday, September 2

  • 5:00-7:00pm – Packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • *Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
  • *Note: “Race Day Registration” will be available during packet pick up
  • 7:48pm – Whitewater Film Series film screening – Chasing Niagara

Sunday, September 4

  • 7:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 8:30am – 15K Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:50am – 5K Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:00am – Labor Day 15K trail race begins
  • 9:20am – Labor Day 5K trail race begins
  • Time TBD – 5K and 15K award ceremony
  • 11:00am – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


Be sure to stick around for food, drink, random prizes and awards as well as USNWC’s Labor Day Celebration.


Awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers in the following age groups:

14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-better.


2015 Results:

2014 Results:

2013 Results:





Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • There will not be a gear/bag drop at the start/finish for this race
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt/shorts to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for aid station locations
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered

Questions / Comments

  1. Steven August 15, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Just one quick question – it says the race is run on trails; are those trails paved?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Jimmy Lawler August 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Hey Steven,
      The trails are paved with compact dirt, but will still have areas of rocks and tough terrain.

  2. Melissa Mullaney August 15, 2016 at 10:23 am


    When will the course be posted for the 15K race?


    • Jimmy Lawler August 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Hey Melissa,
      The course is now posted on the web page.

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